Summer 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - September 17th
It really feels like things are starting to wind down now, despite the fact that we still have a few weeks left in the CSA season. Some of my favorites are still to come, so it’s good to know that we will end with some pretty fantastic produce as the 2014 program comes to a close.
This week our members are enjoying the following fresh produce:
- Red Raspberries
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Rose Gold potatoes
- Summer Squash
- Lunchbox peppers
- Fortex pole beans
- Garden of Eden pole beans
- Bell Peppers
- White Sweet Corn
I know I keep talking about the pumpkin and winter squash patches, but I can’t help it! Much to my delight, they are quite vast, and all the varieties are sprinkled throughout, so deciding when things are ripe can be a challenge. Steven, Ryan & I spent some time wandering around and slicing different squashes open to see what we would find. It’s fascinating to me how one kabucha can be ripe inside, while the other, that is literally a hair lighter and growing just a few feet away, is not.
It’s all a giant piece of guesswork for the most part, and no matter how many seasons of a crop you have under your belt, you’re still going to be cutting them open to see what’s going on inside. So after sacrificing a few kabucha and butternuts, we all agreed that it would be another week at least before our member find these guys in their baskets. They’ll be worth the wait, no doubt.
The Fortex pole beans have had a bit of a resurgence, and same goes for the Garden of Edens! I sincerely hope our members aren’t completely sick of them yet. Please remember to share or freeze your beans if you're feeling inundated. You'll be happy you took the time to freeze them come winter!
I have to admit that last week when I took home my share of Lima beans, I ate them all in one meal. I steamed them, and tossed them with a tiny bit (who are we kidding, a ton) of butter and some salt, and I inhaled them in minutes. They were super tasty, so I’m hoping Steven is right when he says that we might get one more good picking out of them before the first frost.